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Sunrise over Cape Town

Its now dark when I leave home in the mornings for runs now. This makes it exceedingly hard to get out of bed and somewhat nervous about safety on the streets, still have been fine so far. Legs were heavy this morning as I ran up Kloof Nek for the third time in 4 days, but I was treated to a stunning autumn sunrise over the city when I got to the top.

Running notes
Route: My flat to Buitengracht, up to Kloof Nek, down to Camps Bay turn and back the way I came
Height climbed: 180m
Time started: 06:29
Total time: 1:20 ish
Total distance: 13km ish
Temperature: 20˚
Runner’s condition: Tired from two runs in less than 12 hours

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Time trial

I actually managed to run it properly today. Twenty minutes jog, 40 minutes time trial, twenty minutes jog. Nice.

Running notes
Route: Gym
Height climbed: Flat
Time started: 18:49
Total time: 1:20
Total distance: 14.5km
8km time trial: 40 mins
Temperature: 24˚ (inside Wembley Square 28˚)
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Hmm

Up Bellevue again and again.

Running notes
Route: My flat to Bellevue road, hill repeats and then home via Buitengracht
Height climbed: A lot
Time started: 06:36
Total time: 1:20 ish
Total distance: 11km ish
Temperature: 20˚
Runner’s condition: Good

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So tired

Another long run by myself. 3 hours and 24 minutes today. I misjudged the weather and got burnt. Just want this all to be over now and go back to going for runs because I want to rather than because I have to. Depressed.

Running notes
Route: My flat to Kloof Nek, out and back along Signal Hill, down The Glen to Camps Bay, to the Twelve Apostles, Back up to Kloof Nek and back to my flat
Height climbed: 500m
Time started: 9:34
Total time: 3.24
Total distance: 32km
Weather conditions: Sunny
Temperature: 28˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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To the BMW Pavilion

The weather has definitely turned. This morning I pulled on last year’s thick Oceans t-shirt which I can only wear in the winter. On our run most of the club’s talk focused on Oceans which is next week, the preparations, meals, novices nerves etc. For me this race is a training run that must be completed carefully and without injury. I need to finish with enough confidence that I feel can run another 30km on top of the 56km course, and not finish so fast that I am unable to train the following week. We shall see next Saturday.

Running notes
Route: Sand Bar at Camps Bay to the BMW Pavilion in the Waterfront and back
Height climbed: Flat
Time started: 07:05
Total time: 2:00
Total distance: 18km
Weather conditions: Breezy
Temperature: 17˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Really boring

My mind wandered, and wandered and I ended up quitting 15 minutes short. hurumph.

Running notes
Route: Gym
Height climbed: Flat
Time started: 06:14
Total time: 1:05
Total distance: 12km ish
8km time trial: 40 mins ish
Temperature: 24˚ (inside Wembley Square 28˚)
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Bite size chunks

So this week outside hills did not rock. The only way I managed to get up Bellevue Road ten times this morning was taking it one at a time. If I’d have thought about running that hill over and over when I’d arrived I’d have gone home.

Running notes
Route: My flat to Bellevue road, a ton of hill repeats and then home via Buitengracht
Height climbed: A lot
Time started: 06:15
Total time: 1:15 ish
Total distance: 11km ish
Temperature: 20˚
Runner’s condition: Good

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